How to do Things with Shakespeare: New Approaches, New Essays

How to do Things with Shakespeare: New Approaches, New Essays

Editor(s): Laurie Maguire

Published Online: 1 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405135269

Online ISBN: 9780470694114

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694114

About this Book

This collection of 12 essays uses the works of Shakespeare to show how experts in their field formulate critical positions.


  • A helpful guidebook for anyone trying to think of a new approach to Shakespeare
  • Twelve experts take new critical positions in their field of study using the writings and analysis of Shakespeare, to show how writers (students and academics) find topics and develop their ideas
  • Features autobiographical prefaces that explain how the experts chose their topics and why the editor commissioned these particular essays, topics, and authors
  • Argues that literary research is a reaction to experiences, thoughts or feelings
  • Essays are arranged in small dialogues of two or three, forming a debate
  • Teaches students to respond individually to cultural positions

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: How to do Things with Sources

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  2. Part II: How to do Things with History

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  3. Part III: How to do Things with Texts

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  4. Part IV: How to do Things with Animals

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  5. Part V: How to do Things with Posterity

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